Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. 68
    Vietcong isn't a bad game. It just isn't very easy on the eyes, suffers from puzzling performance issues, has rudimentary team controls, and some scripting bugs. Combined with the relatively strenuous damage model (with the inability to fully heal) and a peppering of sluggishness, the aggravation level is a little too high.
  2. Like its predecessor, Vietcong 2 offers up some challenging gameplay, though it's plagued by technical issues and short campaigns.
  3. The missions themselves are quite interesting and fun and admittedly I did enjoy them despite some of the shortcomings.
  4. 60
    It starts off promising, but too much of what follows is lamely generic or underdeveloped. The game also punishes you for exhibiting daring or initiative.
  5. Another frustrating 'nearly' package from Pterodon that's suffering from a dated look and feel. The single-player offering misses the mark, arguably, even more than it did last time.
  6. It does a good job of conveying the experience of actual combat (especially the dying), or at least as good a job as a game can do.
  7. 50
    Pteredon manages to nail a few things fairly well, but it's not enough to light up the entire game, and all you're left with in the end is awesome female Vietnamese voice acting.
  8. The graphics are dated, the gameplay is buggy, and the online mode is virtually unplayable.
  9. 60
    While Vietcong 2 isn’t a bad shooter by any means, it’s just not a particularly good one.
  10. Although Vietcong 2 has a lot going for it - good level design, good pace, humanising the very enemy you spend half the game killing - it just doesn't quite feel as though it lives up to the expectations raised by the original.
  11. Lacking the tension of jungle warfare and adding deathmatch multiplay that's utterly bland, Vietcong 2 ends up being just another passable effort that neither flops nor inspires. [Mar 2006, p.51]
  12. Looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit more than a few branches on the way down. The frustrating gameplay does not really enhance the game's charms. The switch from the jungles of Vietcong 1 to the overused urban setting of the sequel is a serious mistake. [Dec 2005]
  13. It’s hard to review a game like this, even with my years of experience, because nothing, good or bad, really stands out. This is a strictly average game that isn’t going to enhance or blight your collection.
  14. There's not enough in terms of modes, maps, or weapons to rescue the multiplayer from its slicker competition. [Feb 2006, p.58]
  15. Provides one of the best Vietnam experiences. As a war game, however, it simply does not measure up to other offerings on the market today.
  16. Vietcong 2’s weak single player is balanced out by a fun, diverse multiplayer experience. It’s not Counter-Strike, but it has a gritty, small world feel to it that will appeal to the multiplayer fans out there.
  17. Old-school tactical action fans may enjoy the extreme difficulty and high excitement level, although most players won’t be able to get past the technical deficiencies and been-there-done-that gameplay.
  18. There is little atmosphere and it’s about as immersive as playing one of those silly Osama Bin Laden-killing flash games in your web browser.
  19. But don’t be looking for any semblance of a story here despite the developer’s claims and attempts to infuse one. And don’t be looking for something deep.
  20. Considering just how much the FPS genre has progressed, specifically the squad-commanding, war-themed FPS sub-genre, it's really not worth your time unless you're particularly fanatical about the original. [PC Zone]
  21. Good ideas buried under several layers of below par execution. [Christmas 2005, p.101]
  22. If you’re looking for single player, "Call of Duty 2" is a better choice. If you prefer multiplayer, "Day of Defeat: Source" or "Battlefield 2" are better choices. If Pterodon Software does some patching this game has potential to excel.
  23. If the VC don't kill you, the pesky game-crashing bugs will. [Feb 2006, p.81]
  24. The game play is intense and challenging but is let down by the game engine. It would take a beast of a PC to play with the settings it deserves but most people may find the games engine and difficulty only leads to frustration.
  25. All you really get from Vietcong 2 is an FPS that is well behind the times and generally not up to scratch with what you'd expect.
  26. While I would have liked to try the multiplayer, the sparsely populated servers listed didn’t give me much incentive to try a five-disk installation for a third time.
  27. It makes a welcome change from all the overcooked WWII games that just won’t stop coming out of the factories, although disappointingly enough, I didn’t catch a single whiff of Napalm. Probably not a good idea in the city. Probably.
  28. Too much corridor creeping, in too-narrow corridors.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    I highly recommend this game to everyone. Played this game since it's release. I'm really happy that they have added functionable vehicles inI highly recommend this game to everyone. Played this game since it's release. I'm really happy that they have added functionable vehicles in second part. This is great game for all gamers who don't care about graphics. Full Review »
  2. Aug 2, 2012
    4
    Vietcong 2 was bogged down by performance problems on launch. Most people with even high quality rigs could not play it. It is 2012 now,Vietcong 2 was bogged down by performance problems on launch. Most people with even high quality rigs could not play it. It is 2012 now, anyone with a laptop can now run it. So one might wonder what they were missing if they could not afford a rig to play this game. The Answer? not much at all. The Original VietCong was a flawed but very rewarding game. A squad based shooter released in 2003, it brought a certain element of intensity to shooters that was not really there in games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. It was a flawed game, with many bugs, bad dialogue and AI behavior, but very rewarding at times. The shootouts actually felt like battles between two opposing sides as opposed to shooting galleries. If you havent played it yet, I suggest checking it out. All it really needed was a bug fix, some better graphics and better squad command and it would have been a stellar game. So Vietcong 2 obviously fixed that right? right? right? wrong. Vietcong 2 makes it obvious from the beginning that instead of continuing the work they started with the first game, Pterodon instead decided to cash in on the widespread popularity of the Call of Duty series. The first thing you will notice is the movement, your character skitters about like a waterbug, kind of like in Left 4 Dead, it really takes away from the "war" environment. The thing that made the first Vietcong so rewarding is that the missions felt very believable. You felt as if you were undergoing the things a real soldier in Vietnam would have gone through: Investigating villages, recovering airplane crash sites, and destroying weapon caches. You felt like a soldier, not a superhero. This really added an element of immersion to the game. All this goes out the window in VC2. The game starts out with you attending a party, sipping a glass of wine, when a Vietcong attack occurs. You face literally endless ways of enemies, mowing them down in twitch shooter gameplay before escaping in a pink Cadillac which goes off a jump and flips over, then you make your way to a base where you face MORE endless waves of enemies which you mow down with an M60 while trucks and helicopters explode around you. This is not war, its James Bond in a Vietnam setting, and theres really nothing exciting about it. Its the same old action shooter BS we've seen over and over again. You spend most of the game clearing small corridors of faceless enemies and following predetermined pathways. Many times your path will be blocked by something like a sniper or a tank. The solution to these problems is almsot always the same: wait for the marines. What? seriously? in the first game taking out snipers required you to think on your feet and solve the problem yourself. Now all you do is follow a boring predetermined path. The one thing that this game has going for it is weapons. There are a LOT of them. You will wield everything from the standard M16s and AKs to WWII leftovers such as mosin nagants, Kar 98Ks, a Nagant Silenced Revolver and even a Blunderbuss. These weapons provide little more than aesthetic variety however, as the AK-47 is pretty much the only gun youll ever need. Overall this game has very little going for it. Its not good looking, its not interesting, its not intense, its cliche, unpleasant and boring. All the problems from the first game are present in this one, and all of the things that made the first game good are gone. Full Review »
  3. JakeL
    Dec 26, 2009
    8
    In the immense world of shooter games, we cannot miss some Vietnam shooter games. In 2005, many of them came out,... but one above all, has a In the immense world of shooter games, we cannot miss some Vietnam shooter games. In 2005, many of them came out,... but one above all, has a large potential and is a combination of such successful games like Left 4 Dead, Counter-strike, Call of Duty...Despite some "serious" technical problems, it still stays out as one of the bests. Full Review »